Suicide Prevention Trainings - Minnesota Department of Health

Suicide Prevention

If you need free and confidential support call the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
If you need immediate medical help call 911.

The Minnesota Community Partners Preventing Suicide Program works with communities to teach people (gatekeepers) how to identify youth at risk and connect them to appropriate care. The following suicide prevention trainings are available for community groups and are delivered by certified trainers. Questions on specific training details can be directed to the youth suicide prevention coordinators. Contact a youth suicide prevention coordinator in your area to bring a training to your community.

Kognito At-Risk for K-12 educators and school staff

At-Risk is a series of three online interactive modules. The modules will help educators and other school staff improve their skills, confidence, and willingness to help students in distress. The training initiative provides free access to Kognito At-Risk for Minnesota districts and schools.

QPR-Question, Persuade, Refer

QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention is a 1-2 hour educational program designed to teach "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. The training is appropriate for high school youth and adults.

safeTALK- Suicide Alertness for Everyone

safeTALK is a half day training program to educate participants on how to recognize persons at risk for suicide and become comfortable talking to them and connecting them to services. This training is appropriate for nonclinical staff, adults and caregivers. The training can also be provided to high school youth.

ASIST-Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

ASIST is a two-day, two-trainer, workshop designed for members of all caregiving groups, family, friends, and other community members. Participants learn how to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, develop a safety plan and follow up.

YMHFA- Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour course designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.

Connect Postvention Training

Connect Suicide Postvention Training is a half day training that focuses on engaging and building capacity for key service providers who will be involved responding to a suicide or other sudden death in a community. Postvention training is a proactive planning tool to promote healing and reduce risk in the event of a suicide or sudden death.

Get Involved

Contact the youth suicide prevention coordinator in your area:

  • Northwestern Region (Kittson, Marshall, Mahnomen, Norman, Pennington, Polk, and Red Lake Counties)
    Contact: Stephanie Downey at
  • Brainerd Region (Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wedena Counties)
    Contact: Stephanie Downey at
  • Hennepin County
    Contact: Melissa Dau at
  • Southwestern Region (Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Redwood, and Yellow Medicine Counties)
    Contact: Melissa Dau at
  • Red Lake, Leech Lake, White Earth, Lower Sioux, Upper Sioux, Little Earth and U.S Indian Health Services
    Contact: Luther Talks at

For any additional information on suicide prevention or if your area isn't listed above, contact Suicide Prevention Supervisor Tanya Carter at

Updated Monday, 05-Oct-2020 14:24:58 CDT